Web Accessibility: Designing Inclusive User Experiences

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The web is a global platform. There are 285 million people who have visual impairment and 360 million people with disabling hearing loss – yet, how are we creating an accessible Internet experience for everyone?

This introductory talk will define accessibility and discuss guidelines set forth by the World Wide Web Consortium. We'll also cover tips and tools to building inclusive websites – keeping in mind focus styles, complementary colors, and responsiveness. The talk will further debunk the notion that beautiful user interfaces and meeting accessibility criteria are mutually exclusive! After all, accessibility is not just beneficial to a handful of people with disabilities, but literally to everyone.

Malina Tran is a software engineer based in Los Angeles. She cares about making cities better places for all and creating opportunities for underrepresented communities. She is a Software Crafter at 8th Light (http://www.8thlight.com), mentors at Teens Exploring Technology (TXT) (http://exploringtech.org/), a nonprofit that empowers young men of color to be developers and entrepreneurs, and is on twitter at @malinatran (https://twitter.com/malinatran).

The World Wide Web Consortium Accessibility standards are here. (https://www.w3.org/standards/webdesign/accessibility)Access to information and communications technologies, including the Web, is a basic human right.

Thanks to 8th Light (http://www.8thlight.com) for providing snacks and venue!

Building access: Elevators are the best entrance route! The elevators are operative during the evenings and the gate (leading to the pedestrian bridge on the 2nd floor) will be open until 7:30pm.

Parking:
• Recommended parking is at the World Trade Center building one block over; it's reasonably priced
• There is free parking on 2nd Street under the 101, but space is limited
• There is on-site paid parking, but it's costly